Friday, April 25, 2008

#54 Bald Eagle arrived Thursday

We average 50 Bald Eagles a year. Our record was 52 which we've hit twice. Last Friday from Kenai, we got #53 in for the year. Unfortunately he arrived at the clinic already passed on.

Yesterday we got in #54 from Kodiak. It was found on the ground with a broken wing. Well, it's wing was so mangled, it was almost a self amputation. Unfortunately the wing couldn't be saved. The amputation was completed just below the elbow.

There is no way #54 would survive in the wild. He would have starved to death, like he almost did until he was found by U.S.F.&W. If you look closely at the picture, he was on the ground for a while. It's feathers are worn, he's filthy and very thin.

If #54 recovers, he'll become an education bird somewheres. He'll place easily in another program outside of Alaska. First he needs to get his health and strength back. That we'll help him with.

I don't ask this in my post much, but so far this has been a tough year. We have been getting excellent support from the local community for food supplies for the birds. Unfortunately it takes more than just food. The amount of birds we have been getting in this year has taken a toll on some of our equipment and supplies. Money is what it's all about. With it we can buy more supplies and repair our equipment. If you can find it in your heart to help out, it would be appreciated to no end. Just tell them Dave on the blog asked for it.

Send your checks to:

Bird TLC
6132 Nielson Way
Anchorage, AK 99518
or call with your credit card to:
M - F
9:30 - 5:00 AST


Don Bolton said...

Eagle #54, or Abe as I called him, was found at the dump in Old Harbor. I work for the Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer and was out there on Kodiak for a maintenance visit. Denny from the refuge in Kodiak helped me get him to Kodiak and then on to you guys. Take care of Abe and let me know how he's doing.

Dave said...

Don - Thanks for the background on Abe and thanks for sending him in. Lots of times I never get the background info. You can count on TLC taking care of him and I'll try to post updates. You can always call the clinic at 907-562-4850 and ask for an update on BE 08-54.

Shellmo said...

I have a soft spot for eagles. I will call in my donation on Monday!A very worthy cause.

Dave said...

Thanks Shellmo!